By Charles Todd
In 1912 Ian Rutledge watched as a guy was once condemned to hold for the murders of aged girls. Rutledge helped assemble the facts that despatched Ben Shaw to the gallows. And whilst justice was once performed, Rutledge closed the door at the case. yet Shaw used to be no longer simply forgotten.
Now, seven years later, that grim trial returns within the kind of Ben Shaw's widow Nell, bringing Rutledge facts she is confident will turn out her husband's innocence. It's a trust fraught with peril, threatening either Rutledge's specialist stature and his religion in his judgment. yet there's a darker reason behind Rutledge's reluctance. homicide brings him again to Kent the place, days previous, he'd glimpsed an all-too-familiar face past the jumping flames of a bonfire. quickly an unforeseen stumble upon revives the top of his personal struggle, because the nation prepares for a somber commemoration at the anniversary of the Armistice. To conflict the unsettled previous and the haunted current even as is an appalling mandate.
And the folk round him? between them the sexy widow of a chum, a impressive lady who survived the nice Indian Mutiny; a sour, loss of life barrister; and a guy whose identify he by no means knew--unwittingly compete with the grieving Nell Shaw. They'll call for greater than Rutledge can provide, unaware that he's already sporting the weight of shell surprise? and the voice of Hamish MacLeod, the soldier he used to be compelled to execute within the battle. The killer in Marling is strangely adept at escaping detection. And Ben Shaw's earlier is a tangle of unsettling secrets and techniques that could or will not be actual. Rutledge needs to stroll a tortuous line among murderers...one attaining out to destroy him, the opposite pushed to ruin him.
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Brandvold was running the shop. She's a dark-haired, sharp-featured woman given to fringed jackets and other Western garb. She was delighted that we were identifying everything, and when we told her there was no charge 33 DIGGING DINOSAURS for our service, she asked us if we could identify some bones that she had in her house. She and her family had collected them earlier that year, in the spring. She went back to the house and brought out two specimens. They weren't much to look at, just two dusty pieces of gray bone, but it was immediately obvious to me that they were the hip end of a duckbill thighbone and a bit of a rib—except that they were the wrong size.
Somebody in the bar overheard us and telephoned Radio KSEN in Shelby to get a cash reward for a hot news tip. Whoever it was told the station that we had found a new dinosaur. This shows you how things work in Montana: not only is finding a dinosaur hot news, but Shelby is small enough that whoever telephoned the station was also able to tell them who Bob or I was and they were able to track us down at Bob's house in Rudyard. We convinced them to wait until we'd actually dug something up, but by the time we had the fossils and the dirt back at Bob's we had television interest, too.
They have so much detail to them, and you can learn a great deal about a jaw's owner—what he ate, for instance. Jaws are also completely unmistakable. It requires a practiced eye to see what a piece of a femur is, but a jawbone is a jawbone. An adult duckbill jaw would run about three feet long. This one was two inches long. Bob had been skeptical about the femur, but the jaw convinced him. We told Marion Brandvold how important the fossils looked, and she agreed to give them to us. She filled up a coffee can with them and presented it to us.
A Fearsome Doubt (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Book 6) by Charles Todd